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Around the pond


A few shots from around my pond.  This is my little garden oasis, whether I’m working on the “weeding” of the algae or sitting nearby listening to the waterfall.

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Snake

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Unfortunately, the critter in photo #6 is the main suspect in the disappearance of several of the critters in photo #2.  On one hand, he is an uninvited inhabitant and I wish he would go away.   On the other, he may soon be the sole occupant so I’m wondering if I should name him.  Appropriate name suggestions welcomed in the comments section!

Geranium Pink


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Geraniums

70th Anniversary


D-Day Invasion, Normandy. I didn’t fully understand the geographical obstacles until I saw the Normandy coast. First they had to swim — carrying heavy packs. Then they had to cross the mine-filled beach under heavy fire. Then there were the cliffs to scale to penetrate the German “Atlantic Wall” fortifications.

Some of the things an average soldier carried in his pack.

Some of the things an average soldier carried in his pack.

Musée Memorial, Caen France,

Musée Memorial, Caen France,

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

D Day Musuem, Arromanches, France,

D Day Musuem, Arromanches, France,

Memorial, Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy,

Memorial, Omaha Beach, Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy,

Memorial on Omaha Beach.  Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy.

Memorial on Omaha Beach. Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandy

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Memorial Day


Caan Flag

Travel Theme: Metal


Two stainless steel abstracts for Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme.   Didn’t travel too far for these; waterdrops in a messy sink, captured with my iPhone and edited in LR & PS.

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Black & White Osprey


Textured Tuesday’s theme is Black & White & Textured.   Typically, I wouldn’t use a texture on a nature photo, but a slight grungy texture added a bit more drama to the clouds.   More details on processing below.

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First I used a LR for a little bit of sharpening and then used a preset to convert the image to B&W.  At first I tried to make it appear like a cyanotype, but I didn’t like how cool the photo was, so I selected a preset that had warmer tones and then adjusted the curves, bumping up the green to give that ghostly feel to the tree limbs and the bird’s head.    Then, in ACR, I “hand-tinted” the background a very pale blue.   Added the textured “Frosted”, which I also handtinted in ACR using the same shade,  and then removed the texture from most of the image except in the upper corners.

Here is the SOOC image, taken just before sunrise last January a few minutes before sunrise on Sanibel Island.

OspreySOOCBe sure to stop by Kim Klassen’s Café and see some amazing Black & White & Textured images.

 

Wise Words


Made with Repix (http://repix.it)People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.  ~ Irish Murdoch

Travel Theme: Blossom


I had a big issue with Ailsa’s selection for this week’s theme.   The problem is that the theme is BLOSSOM and I take too many pictures of flowers that so it was difficult to choose!

Here is one I took on my recent trip to Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.

Pink Blush, flowers, nature photography, Keukenhof Gardens
                                                   
                                                        Pink Blush

 

Travel Theme: Rivers


I had just finished posting my previous post when I saw that Ailsa had posted her theme for the week:  Rivers.  So, why not another photo taken on my recent trip?  This one was taken on the same day as the photo of the  Martinus Nijhoff bridge though I’m not certain how close this was to the same area.   Regardless, on that lazy Friday morning, we saw many cows, sheep and horses spending their days in what seemed like an idyllic way:  lazying along the shores of the River Waal.  

Suntanning cows

Suntanning cows on the river’s shore

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move


A view from below the bridge while on the Waal River:

Martinus Nihjoff Bridge, Zaltbummel, The Netherlands

Martinus Nihjoff Bridge, Zaltbommel, The Netherlands

I captured this image on a recent trip on the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. Nearing the journey’s end, we left the Rhine for the Waal. This bridge is located in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands,  and is named for the Dutch poet Martinus Nijhoff. Nijhoff is remembered for his poem The Wanderer. Appropriate for a photo challenge titled “On The Move”, isn’t it?

You’ll find links to other’s contributions to this week’s challenge at the Daily Post.